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Carex echinata Murray ssp. echinata
star sedge

General Information
Symbol: CAECE
Group: Monocot
Family: Cyperaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Graminoid
Native Status: AK   N
HI   N
L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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green round image for nativity Native blue round image for introduced Introduced ocre round image for introduced and nativity Both white round image for no status Absent/Unreported
image for native, but no county data Native, No County Data image for introduced, but no county data Introduced, No County Data both introduced and native, but no county data Both, No County Data
Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1: 378. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name
CAAN23 Carex angustior Mack.
CAANG2 Carex angustior Mack. var. gracilenta R.T. Clausen & Wahl
CACE5 Carex cephalantha (L.H. Bailey) E.P. Bicknell
CAECA Carex echinata Murray var. angustata (Carey) L.H. Bailey
CAHA30 Carex hawaiiensis H. St. John
CAJO4 Carex josselynii (Fernald) Mack. ex Pease
CALA54 Carex laricina Mack. ex Bright
CALE33 Carex leersii Willd.
CAMUA3 Carex muricata L. var. angustata (Carey) Carey ex Gleason
CAMUC2 Carex muricata L. var. cephalantha (L.H. Bailey) Wiegand & Eames
CAMUL Carex muricata L. var. laricina (Mack. ex Bright) Gleason
CAOR2 Carex ormantha (Fernald) Mack.
CAPHA Carex phyllomanica W. Boott var. angustata (Carey) B. Boivin
CAPHO Carex phyllomanica W. Boott var. ormantha (Fernald) B. Boivin
CASV Carex svensonis Skottsb.


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Cyperaceae – Sedge family
Genus Carex L. – sedge
Species Carex echinata Murray – star sedge
Subspecies Carex echinata Murray ssp. echinata – star sedge

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
little prickly sedge
little prickly sedge
little prickly sedge
little prickly sedge
Special Concern



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

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